Department of Transportation and Alabama State University Host Symposium Remembering Montgomery Bus Boycott:
On June 14, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Alabama State University (ASU) hosted a symposium reflecting on the legacy of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Secretary Anthony R. Foxx delivered remarks on how transportation can connect people to opportunity. During his remarks, Secretary Foxx explained how transportation and infrastructure decisions from the 1950s and 1960s displaced poor and minority communities from economic mobility.
“Transportation makes or breaks lives,” stated Secretary Foxx. It is imperative that, when planning new transportation projects, the communities affected by these changes are taken into consideration and not marginalized. Secretary Foxx encouraged attendees to take an active interest in the early stages of development of transportation projects in their communities. The Department of Transportation affirms that “transportation infrastructure should be built by, for, and with the communities served by them.”
The symposium also included a conversation with Fred Gray, the attorney who defended Rosa Parks, ASU President Gwendolyn Boyd, as well as a panel discussion with Stephanie Jones, DOT Chief Opportunities Officer, Leslie Proll, DOT’s Civil Rights Director, Guillermo Mayer, President of Public Advocates who works on transportation equity issues, and Yvette Rivera, Associate Director of DOT’s Civil Rights Office.
For more information and to view pictures from the Symposium, visit the ASU-photos webpage.